Bhopal: In an emphatic statement of their supremacy in track and field events, Kerala annexed the overall title in the National Junior School Meet which concluded in Bhopal on Saturday.
The champions amassed 116 points, winning 13 gold, nine silver and four bronze. Tamil Nadu finished a distant second with 41 points, while Vidya Bharti stood third with 30 points.
On Saturday, Kerala finished their campaign in a blaze of glory, grabbing nine medals, including five yellow metals.
E Ancy Sojan of Government Fisheries HSS, Nattika, Thrissur, added third gold to her kitty with a record 24.79-second effort to win the girls' 200m sprint. She erased the two-year-old record set by state-mate Jisna Mathew. Ancy was also adjudged the best female athlete of the meet.
D Priscilla Daniel of SAI Thiruvananthapuram took her second gold by clocking 2:14.57 in the girls’ 800m event.
In both boys’ and girls’ 4x400 relay events, introduced at junior level this year, Kerala ran away with gold.
The members of the boys’ team were Abhishek Mathew, J Ashwin, Alex George, and S Kiran, while the girl’s squad comprised Minnu P Roy, A S Sandra, C Chandni, and D Priscilla Daniel.
In the boys’ triple jump, Akash M Varghese of St Peter’s High School, Kurumpanadom, Kottayam, secured gold with a leap of 14.68 meters, while C D Anil Kumar of Mundur HS, Palakkad, took home bronze.
The silver medals won by Kerala on the concluding day came through Gayathri Sivakumar of Sacred Heart HS, Thevara (high jump, 1.64m), Abhishek Mathew of Mar Basil HSS, Kothamangalam (800m, 1:54.74), and A S Sandra of St Thomas HS, Perumanur, Ernakulam (800m, 2.15.93).
Once again, Kerala rode on an excellent show by girls to claim the overall title. Of the 116 points garnered by state, 79 were contributed by the female athletes. Second-placed Tamil Nadu collected only 38 points in this category.
In the boys’ section, Kerala had 37 points, while Vidya Bharti settled with 30 points. Abhishek Singh of Vidya Bharti was named the best male athlete of the meet.
The bronze medal won by Kessia Mariam Benny of GVHSS Mathirappilly, Ernakulam, in hammer throw on the first day of the meet was upgraded to silver after the School Games Federation disqualified gold medal winner Harshita Sherawat of Delhi for violating participation norms. PA Athulya, who had finished fourth, was promoted to bronze.